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5.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced feel, terrific images, August 31, 2012
This review is from: Panasonic DMC-G5KK 16 MP Compact System Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
I have not been on board with these compact system, MIL, DSLM, or whatever acronym Amazon is using to describe the mirrorless cameras these days...until now! While the concept of having small, compact, lenses has been quite appealing to me (who doesn't want a 400mm equivalent lens smaller than a coffee mug!), the cameras themselves just never felt "right" in my hands. I have above average size hands, so the Panasonic GF, Sony NEX, and Nikon 1 systems always felt like point & shoot cameras and didn't give me a well balanced feel when framing shots. The G5 has a nice grip to go along with all those great lenses! It seems Panasonic has realized there are still some of us who like to use a viewfinder because the 1.4M dot Electronic viewfinder is INCREDIBLE. And while I tend to be a bit more of a traditionalist when it comes to taking photos, the 3" articulating LCD is fun to use when I'm shooting HD video of my 2 year old daughter. I'm quite impressed with photos I'm getting out of this camera, even with the kit lens. If you have been waiting to enter the mirrorless world, wait no longer. This is a terrific all-around camera and now that I'm in the Micro 4/3 world, it's time to start saving for those lenses!! My wife will be happy that I'm not using her allotted TSA carry-on limit to pack my lenses on our next trip. I'll be able to fit a whole system of lenses in her purse next time!
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Initial post: Sep 1, 2012 9:59:25 AM PDT
I would highly recommend the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 lens, at around $600 it is considered on the sharpest and best performing lenses made for ANY system.
Another must have lens is the Olympus 45mm f1.8, amazing image quality, around $400.
Wide angle lens would be the Panasonic 14mm f2.5. a bargain lens.
The above 3 mentioned lens are considered "fast lenses" in that the Aperture (especially the f1.4 and f1.8) opens very wide allowing for faster shutter speeds, nice blurred backgrounds and the ability to shoot in lower light situations without the flash. I shoot with a GH1 and have had great results. I would also recommend Adobe Lightroom to process and catalog your photos. Adobe has amazing video tutorials at Adobe TV.com.
I also recommend shooting in "A" aperture mode with the above mentioned lenses so you can have the most control of the getting the most out of those nice wide apertures. Have fun!

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 10:04:31 AM PDT
I forgot to mention the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, arguably a great lens, though if you are trying to decide between the 20mm f1.7 and the 25mm f1.4 I would definitely go for the 25mm f1.4. It is slightly narrower (50mm equivalent view vs. 40mm) which provides less distortion in the image, and it is slightly faster/opens wider in the Aperture. The auto focus function is also notably faster, whereas the common complaint of the 20mm f1.7 is that it can be sluggish at times in auto focus. Look up reviews of the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 and you will hear nothing but praise and even astonishment by some reviewers. The Olympus 45mm is also an amazing lens, great for portraits at 90mm equivalent view.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 7:57:01 PM PDT
Tamas says:
To improve on the 14mm suggestion, right now the gf2 with the 14 mm lens sells for about the same price as the lens itself on Amazon, good deal to get a camera and a lens for just about the same price as the lens itself
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